The facts are simple, falls are big concern for many Australians. Around 30% of Australians over 65 experience at least one fall per year, causing both physical and financial costs to the individuals. This problem is projected to worsen with time, with projections suggesting that the number of people aged over 65 will increase from 1.27 million people in 2017, to 2.27 million people in 2051. This is why falls prevention is so important.
what’s the trouble with falls?
Aside from hurting your pride, falls can also cause significant injury to those who suffer from them. They are the leading cause of injury related hospitalisation in persons aged 65 and over. From hip fractures, to head injuries, falls can cause catastrophic damage to a persons quality of life, it is therefore extremely important to implement steps to prevent them form occurring.
HOw can a podiatrist help with falls prevention?
The podiatrists role in falls prevention includes a number of things.
The big one is screening for poor fitting or inappropriate footwear. The podiatrists at PoshPod can assess your footwear to determine whether they will increase your risk of falling.
The main things to look out for are:
- Soles: A thin, firm sole will improve proprioception (Put simply, the feeling of knowing where your foot is on the ground)
- Upper: Shoes with a firm heel counter and secure fastening will increase the support provided to your foot.
- Heel: A low, square heel improves stability.
In addition to this, a podiatrist can assess your lower limb muscle strength, assess your gait and identify any other risk factors (corns, callus).
The team at PoshPod is able to use our experience and knowledge to make sure your risk of falls is as low as possible.
Give us a call today on 92327694 to see if we can help you or book online.
Words from one of our podiatrists,